Retired Marine Staff Sgt. Daniel Wright and Tank, his service dog, appear on Fox & Friends.
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Daniel Wright, a U.S. veteran, was just trying to get home from school when he was denied a bus ride on a New Jersey Transit bus because of his registered service dog, Tank, a pit bull, Fox News reports. 

According to Wright, a retired staff sergeant, he was coming home from school when he attempted to board the bus. The driver reportedly closed the door in his face, saying, "No dogs allowed; no exceptions." Wright pointed out Tank's collar and vest, which identify him as a U.S. Army service dog, but the driver would not be swayed, Wright said, insisting that he was scared and that Tank needed a muzzle. Wright ended up having to wait for the next bus to arrive and had to present his military ID before being allowed to board at that time. 

"He's a good dog," Wright said of Tank, who joined him on Fox & Friends earlier this week. "He's not vicious. He's not trying to attack anybody." 

"They think [golden retrievers, etc.] are the only dogs that can be service dogs. Pit bulls can do the same job," the veteran, who served four combat tours, added. 

Wright was injured in Iraq by a roadside bomb. He has had nine surgeries on his left arm. Tank acts as an extension of that arm. 

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"He can actually push buttons for me, open and close the refrigerator. If I need meds, he can go get my medicine; he can actually get bottles of water out the refrigerator for me also. If I have a panic attack or an anxiety attack, he calms me down," Wright explained, calling Tank a "daily necessity." 

Wright said a New Jersey Transit official called him to apologize for the driver's conduct, saying that the driver would be disciplined. The incident is currently under investigation. 

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